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Thanks for Coming to Karaoke!

Before I start this post - thanks so much to people who came to Karaoke. It was mostly people I already knew, but one reader, Curtis, came. I thought it was totally awesome that he read about Karaoke here and decided to go. Even better, he nailed Guns 'N Roses' Welcome to the Jungle. Also in attendance were my brother and his friends, Steve, Anissa, and Dan from work, and Todd and Doug who helped me run the show.

I had no idea what I was getting into. Things like "hey, I should probably have music for when no one is karaokeing" never even occurred to me. All I had was the leaked copy of Jay-Z's Kingdom Come, so I kept playing that. There was silence, there was no crossfading. That part of the show was a disaster. I also had no idea how to hook stuff up to their system, so the first hour was spent doing that. I felt really bad for people who came during that part.

Finally things got rolling, although I think only 4 people I didn't know sang songs. It wasn't too busy because the weather was cold.

What Can You do with Two Hours in the Morning?

On Mike Dariano

Why do I get up at 600 AM?

I commented to someone last week that it's been five years since I've held a full-time job, and back then I had two. I was able to hold two because the hours for grading papers was flexible and I was efficient in my work. These jobs, teaching assistant and AmeriCorps volunteer ended when we had our first daughter. In the five and a half years since then I've always had an itch to do something. Defining myself as just a stay at home dad isn't quite enough. I'm incredibly grateful for the days I get to spend with my daughters, but I also need to do something for myself. To do something I get up at 600.

For the past half year I've been working on The Fatherhood Book. This project goes from exciting me immensely to being a pile of dog crap that I need to clean off my lawn. Writers say this happens often so I'm on the right path. I've written and edited almost all of it during my two hours in the morning. The book is a short 20K words, but it's the first 20K word project I've begun and almost finished.

In the mornings I also find guests for 27GoodThings.com. This site earns about thirty dollars a month through the Amazon Affiliate program. I run the site because I love finding good things to read, watch, and use and it allows me to connect and help other people.

In the mornings I also write the posts for this site. Usually that means I write a handful of posts one morning and schedule them to be published later. This post for example, was drafted on November 31st.

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